Suma Shankar, M.D., Ph.D.

Suma P. Shankar, M.D., Ph.D.


Genomic Medicine





  • Associate Professor


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UC Davis MIND Institute

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Sacramento, CA 95817
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Philosophy of Care

Provide the best available care to all my patients.


Genomic Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis MIND Institute
UC Davis Children's Hospital


M.D., Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore India 1990

M.B.B.S., Bangalore Medical Collete, Bangalore India 1989

Internship: Medicine and Surgery, St. John's Hospital, Bangalore India


Intensive & Ophthalmology, Royal College of ophthalmologists, London England


Pediatric Ophthalmology, University of Iowa, Iowa City IA

Board Certifications

American Board of Medical Genetics - Clinical Genetics (M.D.),

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology

American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics

American Federation for Medical Research

American Society of Genomics

Honors and Awards

Best Poster Award, Genetic Syndromes of the Ras/MAPK Pathway, 2009

Henry Christian Award and Certificate of Excellence in Research, 2009

Western Scholar, Western Society for Pediatric Research, 2009

Select Recent Publications

Shankar SP, Hughbanks-Wheaton DK, Birch DG, Sullivan LS, Conneely KN, Bowne SJ, Stone EM, Daiger SP. Autosomal Dominant Retinal Dystrophies Caused by a Founder Splice Site Mutation, c.828+3A>T, in PRPH2 and Protein Haplotypes in trans as Modifiers. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2016 Feb 1;57(2):349-59.

Shankar SP, Birch DG, Ruiz RS, Hughbanks-Wheaton DK, Sullivan LS, Bowne SJ, Stone EM, Daiger SP. Founder Effect of a c.828+3A >T Splice Site Mutation in Peripherin 2 (PRPH2) Causing Autosomal Dominant Retinal Dystrophies. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015 May;133(5):511-7.

S.P. Shankar,  V.Carelli, T.A. Braun, C.M. Taylor, H.Abdulkawy, T.M. King, S.P. Daiger, S.R. Salomao, A.A. Sadun, E.M. Stone.  Evidence for genetic heterogeneity of X-linked modifier loci in Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). Ophthalmic Genet. 2008 Mar; 29(1):17-24

Daiger SP, Shankar SP, Schindler AB, Sullivan LS, Bowne SJ, King TM, Daw EW, Stone EM, Heckenlively JR. Genetic factors modifying clinical expression of autosomal dominant RP. Adv Exp Med Biol, 2006; 572:3-8.

Braun TA, Shankar SP, Davis S, O'Leary B, Scheetz TE, Clark AF, Sheffield VC, Casavant TL, Stone EM. Prioritizing regions of candidate genes for efficient mutation screening, Human Mutation, 2006, Volume: 27(2), Pages: 195-200.